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Police arrest 15-year-old accused of making online threat regarding Pataskala Street Fair

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 16:08

The Pataskala Division of Police said a 15-year-old has been arrested and charged for making a threat online.

Police said they received information Wednesday that a potential threat was made on social media regarding the Pataskala Street Fair.

Detectives were able to identify the suspect and make an arrest. The suspect was taken to a juvenile detention center.

The teen has been charged with aggravated menacing and police said additional charges may be added after the case is reviewed by prosecutors.

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Dayton shooter's friend who bought body armor to remain in jail

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:40

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A longtime friend of the Dayton shooter who authorities say bought him body armor and helped assemble the weapon used in the massacre will remain in jail on a charge unrelated to the shooting.

Authorities said there's no indication Ethan Kollie knew his friend was planning a mass shooting, but they did accuse him of lying on a federal firearms form while buying a pistol not used in the shooting.

A U.S. magistrate judge on Wednesday continued a detention hearing for Kollie until Thursday after all sides could not agree on conditions for his release.

The decision came after a federal prosecutor had agreed to a recommendation for house arrest with electronic monitoring and a number of other conditions, but the magistrate balked.

"The allegations in the criminal complaint are very, very serious," said Magistrate Judge Michael J. Newman, who also voiced concerns about drug use and a possible mental health issue he wouldn't elaborate on.

Defense attorney Nick Gounaris said the charges Kollie was arrested on "involved a firearm not used in any violent offenses."

Prosecutors said Kollie, of Kettering, first spoke with investigators just hours after Connor Betts opened fire in a popular entertainment district, killing his sister and eight others Aug. 4.

It's not known whether Betts targeted his sister , Megan, in the shooting that left 17 wounded by gunfire.

Their parents will be hold private memorial services, according to obituaries posted by a funeral home in their hometown of Bellbrook.

Kollie told investigators he helped Betts assemble the AR-15-style weapon about 10 weeks ago, federal agents said in a court document.

He also told them he bought the body armor , a 100-round magazine and a key part of the gun used in the attack and kept them at his apartment so Betts' parents would not find it, according to the court filing.

Prosecutors charged Kollie with lying about not using marijuana on federal firearms forms in the purchase of a pistol that federal agents found in his apartment.

Possessing a firearm as an unlawful user of a controlled substance is a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Making a false statement regarding firearms carries a potential maximum sentence of up to five years' imprisonment.

Federal authorities had filed a motion to keep him held without bond, saying he was a flight risk and a risk to the community.

FBI agents who obtained a warrant to search the apartment said they found two pistols, what appeared to be psychedelic mushrooms and a device used for smoking marijuana. An FBI affidavit states Kollie said he has smoked marijuana daily since age 14.

Kollie fully cooperated with authorities before his arrest and was shocked that his friend carried out the shooting, his attorney said.

"We certainly understand that there was a huge tragedy, terrible tragedy, in the Miami Valley," Gounaris told reporters Wednesday, but he said Kallie didn't take part in it.

One of the first victims shot by Betts was his younger sister, Dayton police said Tuesday.

Text messages show the gunman knew his sister and their friend were going to a taco stand minutes before he started shooting, but whether he knew she was there and could see her isn't clear, said Chief Richard Biehl.

There were no details provided on when funeral services would be held for Connor and Megan Betts, according to Conner & Koch Funeral Home.

The obituary for Connor Betts, which was removed from the funeral home's website Wednesday, said he loved music and had been working as a grill cook and studying at Sinclair Community College.

His sister's obituary described her as a "loving, intelligent and bright young woman" and said she was to graduate from Wright State University in December with an earth science degree.

It also said she hoped to work for NASA on exploring the possibility of life on other planets.

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Former OSU president Edward Jennings dies at age 82

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State President Michael Drake is remembering former OSU president Edward Jennings, who has died at 82.

Drake says Jennings guided the university through a time of great change including economic challenges.

The Minneapolis native died Saturday at a hospital in Tampa, Florida. He was Ohio State's president from 1981 through 1990.

Jennings made headlines in November 1987 when he fired football coach Earl Bruce days before the annual big game with Michigan, shocking the Ohio State community. OSU later settled a lawsuit with Bruce for $471,000.

After leaving the presidency, Jennings continued as a finance professor at OSU until his 2002 retirement. He later served as interim president for a few months that same year.

A memorial service will be held in September in Bradenton, Florida.

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Philadelphia gunman identified after hourslong standoff that left six officers injured

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:19

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An hourslong standoff where a gunman shot at police, wounding six of them, as he was barricaded inside a Philadelphia home somehow ended with no fatalities.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who spent hours Wednesday negotiating with the gunman through the phone, said the situation that unfolded "could have been far worse."

"This was a very dynamic situation, one that I hope we never see again," he said Thursday outside the Philadelphia Police Department, which is in the process of investigating the scene.

The gunman eventually came out of the home early Thursday after police deployed tear gas in the building. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation and then placed into custody.

A law enforcement official identified the suspect as Maurice Hill. The official said the 36-year-old has a criminal record that included firearms charges. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

The standoff started around 4:30 p.m. as officers went to a home in a north Philadelphia neighborhood of brick and stone rowhomes to serve a narcotics warrant in an operation "that went awry almost immediately," Ross said.

Many officers "had to escape through windows and doors to get (away) from a barrage of bullets," Ross said.

The six officers who were struck by gunfire have been released from hospitals, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp.

Two other officers were trapped inside the house for about five hours after the shooting broke out but were freed by a SWAT team well after darkness fell on the residential neighborhood.

Ross said the reason he made the unusual decision to be the person negotiating with Hill was because he was "so worried" about his officers stuck inside.

"I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I was 200 feet away," he said Thursday.

Three people who officers had taken into custody in the house before the shooting started were also safely evacuated, police said.

Police implored the gunman to surrender, at one point patching in his lawyer on the phone with him to try to persuade him to give up, Ross said.

Authorities also held a press conference amidst the standoff in hopes that the gunman or someone he was communicating with may hear them. Ross said he was "very intentional and deliberate" with the words he used during the briefing since he was not sure if Hill knew there were two officers trapped upstairs.

Temple University locked down part of its campus, and several children and staff were trapped for some time in a nearby day care.

Police tried to push crowds of onlookers and residents back from the scene. In police radio broadcasts, officers could be heard calling for backup as reports of officers getting shot poured in.

"There was just a lot of screaming and chaos," said Abdul Rahman Muhammad, 21, an off-duty medic.

Dozens of officers on foot lined the streets. Others were in cars and some on horses.

President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr were briefed on the shooting, officials said.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he was thankful that officers' injuries weren't life-threatening.

"I'm a little angry about someone having all that weaponry and all that firepower, but we'll get to that another day," Kenney said.

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Family of Dayton shooter apologizes for obituary remembering him as 'funny, articulate and intelligent man'

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:57

The family of the Dayton gunman have issued an apology for the obituary that called him a “funny, articulate and intelligent man.”

The obituaries for Connor Betts and his sister, Megan Betts, were published Wednesday to the Conner & Koch funeral home website.

Connor’s obituary did not mention the mass shooting that happened in the city’s Oregon District on August 4.

"A funny, articulate and intelligent man with striking blue eyes and a kind smile, Connor Stephen Betts, age 24, of Bellbrook, passed away Sunday, August 4th, 2019."

The obituary mentioned his avid reading habits, love for electronic music and singing talents.

Photos were uploaded to the obituary's page that showed him with his family, including his sister.

However, his obituary was replaced Wednesday afternoon with an apology and all photos were removed.

“Stephen and Moira Betts apologize that the wording of the obituary for their son Connor was insensitive in not acknowledging the terrible tragedy that he created. In their grief, they presented the son that they knew which in no way reduces the horror of his last act. We are deeply sorry.”

The obituary for Megan was still posted as of Wednesday afternoon. It did not mention the mass shooting or that she was shot and killed by her brother.

The family mentioned her fascination with geology, her writing talents and love for baking.

"Megan was known as a loving, caring, and supportive friend, always ready to help and do anything she could to make their lives better. They will remember her laughter, her beautiful smile, and her kind heart," the obituary says, adding, "The world is a darker place without her."

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OSHP: Franklin County among top 2 counties in Ohio for commercial-involved crashes

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:41

On June 29, Bethany Hurt was driving on her way home from work on U.S. 33 at Post Road when she heard a strange noise.

"I — all of a sudden — hear this crunch and I look in my side mirror and I can see the semi coming over in my lane," Hurt said.

Hurt said she was hit by a truck.

She said she spun out, hitting the front of her car on the cable barrier. She said she feels beyond lucky because she went across two lanes of traffic and no cars were coming.

Almost two months later, she's still recovering from a concussion and dealing with back pain and neck pain.

"It was not something that I thought about when I got in the car, it wasn't something I thought would happen to me," Hurt said.

The Union County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash and told 10TV in this situation, the truck driver was charged. However, that's not always the case. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it's every driver's responsibility to stay safe.

According to OSHP, from 2016 to 2018, commercial vehicles were at fault in 57% of all commercial vehicle crashes.

However, in fatal crashes, the commercial vehicle was only at fault 29% of the time.

10TV rode along with trooper Isaac Saunders who says Franklin County is in the top two counties in Ohio for commercial-related crashes.

Trooper Isaac Saunders said it is important for drivers in cars to not follow too close to trucks and vice versa. He said it is also important to give enough space in between when changing lanes.

He said improper lane changing is one of the most common reasons cars and semi-trucks get into crashes with each other.

Saunders wants to remind all drivers as well that speed is a factor in preventing future crashes.

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Trump official: Statue of Liberty's poem is about Europeans

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 09:48

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official says that the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants into the country is about "people coming from Europe" and that America is looking to receive migrants "who can stand on their own two feet."

The comments on Tuesday from Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, came a day after the Trump administration announced it would seek to deny green cards to migrants who seek Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance. The move, and Cuccinelli's defense, prompted an outcry from Democrats and immigration advocates who said the policy would favor wealthier immigrants and disadvantage those from poorer countries in Latin America and Africa.

"This administration finally admitted what we've known all along: They think the Statue of Liberty only applies to white people," tweeted former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate.

The administration's proposed policy shift comes as President Donald Trump is leaning more heavily into the restrictive immigration policies that have energized his core supporters and were central to his 2016 victory. He has also spoken disparagingly about immigration from majority black and Hispanic countries, including calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals when he launched his 2016 campaign. Last year, he privately branded Central American and African nations as "shithole" countries and he suggested the U.S. take in more immigrants from European countries like predominantly white Norway.

Cuccinelli said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday night that the Emma Lazarus poem emblazoned on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty referred to "people coming from Europe where they had class based societies where people were considered wretched if they weren't in the right class."

Lazarus' poem, written in 1883 to raise money to construct the Statue of Liberty's pedestal and cast in bronze beneath the monument in 1903, served as a beacon to millions of immigrants who crossed past as they first entered the U.S. in New York Harbor. It reads, "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore."

Cuccinelli was asked earlier Tuesday on NPR whether the words "give me your tired, your poor" were part of the American ethos. Cuccinelli responded: "They certainly are. Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge."

A hard-line conservative from Virginia, Cuccinelli was a failed Republican candidate for governor in 2013 after serving as the state's attorney general. He backed Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for president in 2016 and for a time was a harsh critic of Trump.

He is one of a slew of immigration hardliners brought in by Trump to implement the president's policies. He was appointed to the post in June in a temporary capacity, which doesn't require Senate confirmation.

Trump, asked Tuesday about Cuccinelli's comments on NPR, appeared to back him up.

"I don't think it's fair to have the American taxpayer paying for people to come into the United States," Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One for Pennsylvania. "I think we're doing it right."

Immigrant rights groups strongly criticized the Trump administration's new rules for immigrants receiving public assistance, warning that the changes would scare immigrants away from asking for needed help. And they voiced concern that officials were being given too much authority to decide whether someone is likely to need public assistance in the future.

Another Democratic presidential candidate, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, also condemned Cuccinelli's comments.

"Our values are etched in stone on the Statue of Liberty. They will not be replaced," she tweeted. "And I will fight for those values and for our immigrant communities."

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Petition seeks to rename street in front of Trump Tower after Barack Obama

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 08:57

An online petition to rename the New York City street outside Trump Tower after former President Barack Obama has gained more than 95,000 signatures.

The MoveOn.org petition is asking the city to rename the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets to President Barack H. Obama Avenue.

If the city honors the petition and changes the name of the street, it would mean the address for Trump Tower in Manhattan would go from 725 5th Ave to 725 Barack H. Obama Avenue.

The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor.

We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers.

The petition was started by Elizabeth Rowin. She told Newsweek that the whole things started as a joke.

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Columbus City Schools adds more security, cameras for new school year

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 08:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio (10TV) -- At 110 schools and 10 administrative buildings, cameras are watching in the Columbus City School District.

Director for safety and security Chris Ward and assistant director Robert Collins took 10TV's Karina Nova inside Linden McKinley High School to show where cameras are placed, like hallways, the gymnasium and cafeteria, areas with a lot of activity.

"If a person moves from this corner and all the way to that corner, I can identify that person by panning in on that IP camera," Collins explains, while showing one of the cameras in the cafeteria.

IP camera upgrades are part of an increased security system and plan for the district for this upcoming school year.

"We can look at license plates now with IP, it's that crisp," Collins says.

In a separate office, staff members access the cameras that can peer into and around more than 100 buildings.

"At any given time we have the ability to see what's going on in our school buildings, we have 5,000 cameras in the district," Ward says. "Let's just say if we had an unidentified person running through our school buildings, what we can quickly do is pull that school up and post on these cams. We can give real time information to security staff and building administrators."

It's already proven to help police, with cameras outside the school looking onto the street as well.

"We recently had a break in at one of our schools. We were able to see the perpetrators and call the police, give them real time information where they were," Ward says.

Columbus City Schools also has a total of 19 School Resource Officers (SROs) in partnership with the Columbus Division of Police. The district expects to add three truancy officers next school year.

Ward says this year parents and students will also see more security staff.

31 new security employees were hired to patrol elementary, middle and high schools for the upcoming school year.

"With what's going on in our nation we think about active shooter situations going on daily. We always look at worst case scenario and we plan for that. We're hoping when people see our staff, they see a resource, support and they see a friend," Ward says.

To learn more about funding for the security upgrades, click here.

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Ohio State files trademark application for the word 'The'

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 07:54

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University wants to trademark the word "The" when used as part of the school's name on university merchandise.

The school submitted a trademark application this month to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The application requests a standard character trademark for the title "The Ohio State University" that would cover various items including T-shirts, baseball caps and hats.

University spokesman Chris Davey confirms the application. A statement from Davey says the school "works to vigorously protect the university's brand and trademarks."

The school has previously secured other trademarks, including names of football coaches Woody Hayes and Urban Meyer.

An Ohio State spokesman said last fall that the university had 150 trademarks in 17 countries and other applications pending.


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FBI investigating after shots fired at ICE offices in San Antonio

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 05:19

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The FBI said Tuesday it is investigating after shots were fired in the early morning hours at a San Antonio office building that houses Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). No one was injured in the shooting, officials said.

Investigators say that around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, shots were fired into a window of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office and Removal Operations Field Office, CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS reports.

The FBI said no one had been arrested in connection to the incident, despite earlier reports from San Antonio police that there was a suspect in custody.

The FBI special-agent-in-charge Christopher Combs called it a "targeted attack."

"To fire indiscriminately into any building especially a federal facility is not an act of protest- it's an act of violence," Combs said at a press conference. "And in in this case it's an act of violence that could have resulted in the assassination of a federal employee. That cannot happen in San Antonio."

ICE San Antonio field office director Daniel Bible told KENS that he believed "political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activists" encouraged the incident.

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US rapper A$AP Rocky found guilty of assault

Channel 10 news - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 04:53

STOCKHOLM — A Swedish court has found American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm.

The artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, earlier pleaded self-defense and said he had tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who were persistently following his entourage. One of them picked a fight with one of Mayers' two bodyguards, the rapper told the Stockholm District Court.

The court said the defendants "were not in a situation" where they were entitled to self-defense and that they "assaulted the victim by hitting and kicking him." As a result, the three defendants were "convicted of assault and sentenced to conditional sentences."

That means the three face no prison sentence in Sweden unless they commit a similar offense in the country again.

The three were released Aug. 2 pending the verdict. All returned to the United States and are not legally obliged to be present in Stockholm.

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Circleville fire and police say overtime, staffing issues are wearing crews thin

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 19:47

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio - It took the Circleville Fire Department more than an hour, last Thursday, to cut a man out of his vehicle after a large branch fell on it after it was struck by lightning.

That night, two other neighboring fire departments assisted with getting the man out, tree-cutting and traffic. Then, Tuesday morning of this week four neighboring township fire departments came to assist CFD as part of mutual aid with another house fire.

Tuesday morning's fire also made the 17th call for the Circleville Fire Department in 24 hours. The average, according to Chief Brian Thompson, is anywhere from nine to 15. With only having four staff members a day, Thompson says it's taking a toll.

"Fatigued," Thompson said of his employees. "Not only physically but mentally."

Chief Thompson says his current roster of cross-trained fire and EMS workers is 14. Take one out for military duty and another for knee surgery that's 12. His overtime, he says, is crippling. One of his workers recently went 72 hours straight. Thompson says if it weren't for mutual aid help with Pickaway TWP, Harrison TWP, Clearcreek TWP and Scioto TWP, it'd be really bad.

"It would devastate our response," he said. "Not only for what job we've sworn to do - protect life and property and ultimately, protect life, but to ensure safety of our personnel."

It's not just fire. Police Chief Shawn Baer says his department is down six patrol officers and five dispatchers.

Thompson says in the last 20 years there were three manufacturing plants in town and two other mills. With those businesses came revenue taxes. When those businesses shut down, so did the funding and cuts had to be made.

Voters could soon change that.

The fire and police unions got together and drafted an issue that could be on the November ballot asking for a half-percent income tax increase that would only be for safety personnel. Thompson says it would add two more firefighters, daily.

"We're not looking for new trucks," Thompson said. "We're not looking for new buildings. We're not looking for any kind of new equipment. We're looking for people to deliver the service they demand and they're warranted to."

Thompson says the Board of Elections should notify the city, Wednesday, to determine if the issue will be on November's ballot.

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Jury deliberates life sentence or death penalty for man who killed 4-year-old daughter, her mother

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 16:33

A Franklin County jury is deliberating whether Kristofer Garrett will live or die.

Garrett stabbed to death his 4-year-old daughter Christina Duckson and her mother, Nicole Duckson.

Garrett waited outside the Southeast Columbus home of Nicole Duckson and attacked her as she left the morning of January 5, 2018.

Then he chased down and stabbed their 4-year-old daughter to death. He told detectives he killed her because she witnessed him kill her mother.

Tuesday his attorneys argued Garrett was mentally ill, and the product of an abusive, neglectful childhood.

Several witnesses testified that he had never been in trouble before, and aside from these crimes, had never been violent.

"I did it and I'm sorry,” Garrett said. “I want to say I'm sorry to the family, to Mr. Duckson, especially to the parents and to the Duckson family. And I'm sorry to my family because they lost a family member as well. This is going to live with me for the rest of my life."

"The only appropriate sentence, in this case, is a death sentence,” said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.

“You have the ability- each and every one of you- you have the ability to take away Kristofer's life- to take it away- without taking his life,” said defense attorney Mark Hunt. “You can take away his life without taking his life."

The jury is deliberating over a range of possible sentences:

From life with no chance of parole for 25 years to life with no possibility of parole ever, to the death penalty.

They will continue their deliberations Wednesday morning, and a judge will make the final decision based on their recommendation.

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Local doctor uses his own money to pay for people who can't afford surgery

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 15:09

A local surgeon is using his own money and passion for his career to help out people who need surgery and can't afford it.

The doctor who has his own practices around the area and also works in OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and Riverside Methodist Hospital. He has been covering costs for five years and he said, has helped over 50 people.

The doctor said he doesn't do this for recognition, so we decided to leave out his name.

We found one of the patients he helped, Jerry Williams who is a veteran.

Williams told us four years ago he was riding his bike on High Street when a car came around a corner fast. He said he thought the car was going to hit him so he dove off of his bike, and that's when he said his ankle hit the curb.

He thought it was a sprain until the went to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and was sent to see a specialist.

"The surgery was 90,000, he had to rebuild my ankle I had no more bone there, three bones came out," Williams said.

The only problem with this is he said, he couldn't afford it.

That's when a miracle happened. He said the doctor offered to pay for the surgery and the costs himself, which the doctor did.

"I probably wouldn't be able to walk the way I walk now and surprisingly I can actually run," Williams said.

Williams asked us to share his gratitude with the doctor and when we did he said it means the world to him to know he is impacting someone in a positive way.

He said he does it mostly out of the goodness of his heart and out of his own pocket. The doctor said yes, his practice loses some money with these good deeds, but doctors take an oath to help people.

The surgeon said he doesn't necessarily choose people, he gets a call from Grant or Riverside to help patients who have trauma cases, infections or urgent medical needs.

He will pay for the cost of the operating room, office visits, dressing supplies, x-ray costs, the surgery itself, the cost of his services, and usually 90 days afterwards.

He said he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

"It would be very difficult to have somebody in front of you that needs help and to tell them I can't do it for whatever reason."

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Dealers, federal officials rely on honor system when it comes to buying a gun

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 14:25

When someone wants to buy a gun in this country, they must first fill out what's called a Firearms Transaction Record.

The Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) requires it, and aside from your background check, the rest of the form is based on the honor system.

Like one question that asks: Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressants, stimulant, narcotic drug or any other controlled substance?

But neither the ATF nor the FBI has any way to prove if you're telling the truth, it's your word they rely on.

Gerard Valentino represents the Buckeye Firearms Association a pro-gun rights organization.

"Except for that part about a background check that form is essentially useless because someone who is going to lie is going to lie so there's not much a gun dealer is going to do if someone is going to lie on that form," he said.

The friend of the Dayton mass shooter, 24-year-old Ethan Kollie, lied on his ATF form when a gun dealer sold him a gun May. He's now facing federal charges for lying about it.

Upon his arrest, he told law enforcement he "smokes marijuana every day…and has since he was 14 years old."

Is it time for gun owners prove they aren't using drugs and pass a drug test to buy a gun rather than take their word for it on a piece of paper?

The Buckeye Firearms Association is opposed to the idea.

"Can you imagine going in to buy something that is legal to own and forcing someone to take a drug test to buy a product that is legal for them to own? You're not going to stop a criminal buy signing a piece of paper or making them take a drug test all your doing is preventing another roadblock for a law-abiding citizen from getting a gun.”

We sought responses from both Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman. Neither addressed the issue of drug tests as a requirement to buy a gun but did offer their thoughts on gun laws.

Senator Brown’s office responded, by saying: "Senator Brown led the call for Leader McConnell to bring the Senate back to Washington because he wants to see immediate action on gun safety legislation, starting with background checks and banning assault weapons. He is open to additional ideas to keep people safe from gun violence as well, but nothing can happen until Mitch McConnell allows the Senate to vote."

Senator Portman said: “It is already illegal for anyone who unlawfully uses or is addicted to drugs to purchase a firearm, and it is a felony to lie on the background check form. Senator Portman believes federal law enforcement should prosecute any offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”

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Ohio AG announces funding for law enforcement to differentiate between hemp and marijuana

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 14:16

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced the creation of a Major Marijuana Trafficking Grant Program to assist law enforcement in differentiating between hemp and marijuana.

The grant will provide $50,000 in funding for agencies to have large quantities of marijuana tested in accredited laboratories that have the capabilities to quantify THC.

“Just because the law changed, it doesn’t mean the bad guys get a ‘get of out of jail free’ card,” Yost said. “We are equipping law enforcement with the resources to do their jobs.”

The grant comes after Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill into law that legalized hemp.

The law changed the definition of marijuana to exclude hemp, which is defined as cannabis containing not more than 0.3% THC.

With the change, marijuana cannot be identified by standard techniques. Quantitative analysis is necessary to determine THC levels.

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Northeast Ohio farm unveils new Baker Mayfield corn maze: 'The Mazefield'

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:40

BRUNSWICK, Ohio (WKYC) - As the Cleveland Browns' 2019 season approaches, Baker-mania is running wild.

And one need not look any further than Mapleside Farms for evidence.

On Tuesday, the popular farm located in Brunswick unveiled its new corn maze: "The Mazefield," which pays homage to Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Measuring in at seven acres, the corn maze depicts Mayfield wearing his No. 6 Browns jersey and throwing a touchdown pass, as well as the words "Cleveland Browns" and "Mazefield."

In a press release, Mapleside Farms owner Greg Clement said the exhibit is intended to pay homage to Mayfield, as well as Browns general manager John Dorsey, defensive end Myles Garrett and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

"John Dorsey said he wants to awaken the sleeping giant and that’s exactly what Baker, Myles, Odell, and really the entire team is doing.” said. “Cleveland is a football town and it’s amazing to see the excitement and commitment after some of the darkest seasons in Browns history. It was an easy decision when it came time to pick this years theme for our corn maze. The hard part was fitting someone larger than life into a 7 acre corn maze.”

"The Mazefield" is set to open on Friday, August 23rd as part of The Shindig and will remain open as part of Pumpkin Village through Mapleside’s Fall Festival season and Wine Your Way Thru events. Festivals will run every weekend through October 27th with a new theme slated for each week.

Mapleside Farms is located at 294 Pearl Road in Brunswick, OH 44212.

Selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Mayfield emerged as one of football's most popular players in football last season. Appearing in 14 games, the former Heisman Trophy winner completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards and an NFL rookie record 27 touchdowns, leading the Browns to their best record (7-8-1) since the 2007 season.

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2 guards suspended, warden reassigned after Epstein's death

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:24

NEW YORK (AP) — The warden at the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein took his own life over the weekend was removed Tuesday and two guards who were supposed to be watching the financier were placed on leave while federal authorities investigate the death.

The move by the Justice Department came amid mounting evidence that the chronically understaffed Metropolitan Correctional Center may have bungled its responsibility to keep the 66-year-old Epstein from harming himself while he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.

Epstein was taken off a suicide watch last month for reasons that have not been explained, and was supposed to have been checked on by a guard every 30 minutes. But investigators learned those checks weren't done for several hours before he was found Saturday morning, according to a person familiar with the case who was not authorized to discuss it and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Attorney General William Barr ordered warden Lamine N'Diaye temporarily assigned to the Bureau of Prisons' regional office while the FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general investigate. The two guards were not identified.

While the exact manner of Epstein's death has not been officially announced, a second person familiar with operations at the jail said the financier was discovered in his cell with a bedsheet around his neck. That person likewise spoke on condition of anonymity for the same reason.

Under the jail's protocol, Epstein would not have been given a bedsheet had he been on suicide watch. He was placed on suicide watch last month after he was found on the floor of his cell with bruises on his neck, but he was later returned to the jail's special housing unit for inmates needing close supervision.

On Monday, Barr said that he was "frankly angry to learn of the MCC's failure to adequately secure this prisoner," adding: "We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability."

The warden of an institution in upstate New York has been named the acting warden at the jail.

Eric Young, president of the union council that represents prison guards, said that such reassignments are routinely done to "protect the integrity of investigations until any formal action, if any, is warranted."

One of Epstein's guards the night he took his life was not a regular correctional officer, one of those familiar with the case said. Union local president Serene Gregg told The Washington Post that one guard was a fill-in who had been pressed into service because of staffing shortages.

Epstein was being held without bail on federal sex trafficking charges that could have brought 45 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors in New York are pursuing a parallel investigation into whether any if his associates will face charges for assisting him in what authorities say was his rampant sexual abuse of girls as young as 14.

According to police reports, FBI records and court documents, Epstein had a team of recruiters and other assistants who knew of his penchant for girls and lined up victims for him.

Categories: Ohio News

Troopers seize $37,269 worth of methamphetamine in Warren County

Channel 10 news - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:03

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 369 grams of methamphetamine worth approximately $37,269 during a traffic stop in Warren County last week.

Troopers stopped the vehicle for following too close and a license plate light violation on Interstate 75 on August 6 around 9 p.m.

According to OSHP, the suspect fled while troopers approached the vehicle. During the pursuit, the suspect was seen throwing a bag out of the window before coming to a stop a short time later.

The suspect, identified as 36-year-old Jason A. Cundiff, was taken to the Warren County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in a controlled substance, tampering with evidence and failure to comply with law enforcement.

If convicted, Cundiff faces up to 25 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

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